NEW: String Private Pedagogy Sessions

Private pedagogy sessions with a member of the Preparatory String Department faculty in packages of one, two, or three sessions.

Open to studio teachers, public school teachers, conductors, and pedagogy students. The registrant may request that time is spent in a variety of ways to support their teaching, including ideas on responding to specific technical, musical, or other teaching related issues, advice on teaching specific repertoire, repertoire suggestions for their students, or a lesson focusing on their own playing.

Placement will be coordinated by Rebecca Henry, Associate Chair for String Pedagogy, and exact session days and times (ET) will be arranged directly with the faculty member. Rolling admission, with sessions available October through April.

2023-24 Tuition: $127 per 60-minute session

Pedagogy Master Classes 2023-24

Rebecca Henry, Coordinator and Instructor (Violin/Viola)
Christian Tremblay (violin/viola) and Alicia Ward, Instructors (Cello)

Online via Zoom and In Person
Saturdays  3:00-5:30 pm ET
Downtown Peabody LH207

This series is open to studio teachers, public school teachers, conductors and pedagogy students and a different set of topics are explored each year.

Each session begins with a Master Class in which Peabody Preparatory students of a variety of levels perform unless a level for the class is specified.  We will integrate work on the session topic into the music the student is performing to help integrate their technical and musical practice and understanding.

A Teacher Workshop on the day’s topic follows – Bring your instruments and your questions for an interactive session.

Registration will close Friday noon the day prior to class.  The zoom link will be emailed to registered participants after noon the day prior to class.  A recording link will be sent to all participants within 3 days after the class and will be viewable for one month.

Violin & Viola

Class V1: Tap, Hop & Slide with Rebecca Henry
September 16, 2023

Leading the left hand to fearless fluidity from the start.

Class V2:  Group/Class Teaching with Rebecca Henry
October 21, 2023

Skills, drills and experimentation in a class setting (elementary/early intermediate levels)

Class V3:  String Crossings with Rebecca Henry
January 13, 2024

Separate and slurred bows, beginning to advanced levels.

Class V4: Developing a flexible bow hold with Christian Tremblay
February 17, 2024

Working on bow hold foundation exercises, and intermediate/advanced bow hold flexibility


Class C1: Foundations in Left Hand Technique with Alicia Ward
October 7, 2023

Foundations for left hand flexibility and accuracy from the early stages through exercises in shifting and vibrato

Registration Details

Peabody Conservatory Credit

Teachers and Conservatory students may enroll for one credit from the Peabody Conservatory by completing the following requirements:

  1. Attend any four sessions.

  2. Observe 3 hours of private or group lessons and turn in observation forms.

  3. Send a video of one hour of your own teaching and have a one hour discussion with feedback from Rebecca Henry.

  4. Write a paper in consultation with Rebecca Henry.

Registration No.: PY.530.513 section 01

Cost (1 credit): $1778

*University students pay $25 per Pedagogy master class.

Pedagogical questions about the series? Contact Rebecca Henry at [email protected].

Note: Please check the website or call the Preparatory Office one week prior to class to confirm the date.  For inquiries, please contact [email protected].